Wounds reopened as ex-coal chief gets 1 year in prison

April 7, 2016 12:21 AM

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Standing before a federal judge, former coal company executive Don Blankenship expressed sorrow for the families of 29 men killed in his coal mine six years ago but contended that he committed no crime.

“I just want to make the point that these men were proud coal miners. They’ve been doing it a long time. And they’d want the truth of what happened there to be known,” Blankenship said Wednesday, drifting closer toward mentioning his theory that an act of nature, not negligence, caused the deadly ex...

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